Award Year: 2019
Through faith and reason, St. Raphael School fosters self-worth in all its students, enabling them to reach their full spiritual, intellectual, physical, and emotional potential.
- Black/African American: 6%
- White: 58%
- Hispanic: 23%
- Asian: 4%
- Two or more races: 9%
Tracing its roots back to 1969 with the start of St. Raphael Nursery School, St. Raphael School (SRS) opened its doors in Rockville, Maryland, in 2006 as the newest school in the Archdiocese of Washington. SRS is the product of extensive research of best practices in education. As a young and vibrant community, St. Raphael School functions in a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facility that offers not only large, light-filled classrooms, but also extra multipurpose space, a science lab, art and music rooms, gymnasium, and a library and media center.
Recognizing that student abilities and needs are varied, SRS prides itself in meeting each student where they are on their educational journey. All students receive a significant amount of individualized attention. Differentiated learning and small-group instruction are incorporated into a rigorous academic curriculum. The back-to-basics skill sets found throughout the school's curriculum provide students with opportunities to make their thinking visible, to wonder, to hypothesize, to revise, and to grow.
SRS believes - and research in the development and education of young brains validates - that increased physical movement is essential to heightened learning. Daily recess, a physical-education program offered multiple times per week for most grades, and frequent "brain breaks" in the classroom throughout the school day distinguish SRS from most other schools.
From kindergarten through eighth grade, the school's emphasis on educating the whole child - supported by the pillars of Catholic identity, academic excellence, small-group instruction, and student engagement - has served SRS students exceptionally well.